Judge: Baltimore is ‘ground zero’ for police reforms

The Baltimore Police Department might finally be on its way toward implementing reforms required under an agreement it reached with the federal government to end unconstitutionally excessive tactics, the federal judge overseeing the three-year old accord said Thursday. Chief U.S. District Judge James K. Bredar said the BPD still has a long way to go to be in substantial compliance with the consent decree the city signed with the U.S. Justice Department, which he approved in April 2017. (Daily Record)

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Maryland county adds new restrictions to combat spread of coronavirus

Maryland’s Anne Arundel County announced a flurry of new pandemic-related restrictions Thursday to curb transmission of the novel coronavirus after a surge in infections that began earlier this month. The county, home to Annapolis, capped the size of indoor gatherings at 25 and outdoor gatherings at 50, barred congregating inside a shopping mall and ordered bars and restaurants to close by 10 p.m. daily. It is the second Maryland locality this week to restrict activities that were permitted under reopening plans, with the purpose of averting caseload spikes seen elsewhere in the country. (Wash Post)

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‘You can’t even do anything with it’: Some Marylanders are waiting two weeks for coronavirus test results

It started with the “slightest of scratchy throats” for Mark Brody, a 53-year-old Mount Washington resident. Despite having mild symptoms, he got swabbed for the coronavirus on July 3 after seeing a commercial advertising free drive-thru testing. He was told to wait a few days for the results. (Balt Sun)

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Maryland surpasses 80,000 COVID-19 cases, one million tests

Maryland raced past a pair of COVID-19 milestones Wednesday as it tried to keep a grip on the novel coronavirus. The state surpassed 80,000 confirmed cases as the Maryland Department of Health reported 627 new infections. Maryland also pushed past a million coronavirus tests conducted. The state administered 21,021 tests over the last 24 hours, according to MDH, and has now conducted 1,000,179 overall. (News-Post)

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Carroll County comes 2 cases from record for weekly total of COVID-19 cases since pandemic began

Carroll County added 11 COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, bringing the weekly total within just two cases of being the worst yet among members of the community outside of congregate living facilities. The Carroll County Health Department reported that the 11 cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, are all among locals not living in what it labels as congregate living facilities, which include nursing homes, correctional facilities and group homes. On Tuesday the health department announced 24 new community cases, and it announced 23 Monday. (Carr Co Times)

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Montgomery County considering 2 plans to change property tax process

Voters in Montgomery County, Maryland, will have a chance in November to weigh in on how the property tax is calculated, but first the council has to vote on one of two new plans. The Montgomery County Council and County Executive Marc Elrich agree a new method for calculating property taxes should be implemented, but each has their own proposals. (Balt Sun)

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Howard County seeks public input on 20-year master plan for Ellicott City

Howard County Executive Calvin Ball released a draft of the Ellicott City Watershed Master Plan on Tuesday, calling it a “roadmap for Ellicott City.” The Department of Planning and Zoning document lays out a 20-year plan for Ellicott City and the surrounding Tiber Branch Watershed. It includes details about how the county plans to facilitate historic preservation, undertake structural and non-structural flood mitigation and improve the water quality and habitat within the watershed. (Balt Sun)

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Annapolis housing authority holding public hearing on 5-year policy plan Thursday

The Housing Authority of the City of Annapolis will hold a public hearing Thursday seeking comment about its operational, policy, capital funding goals and resident services over the next five years. The public hearing will be held online Thursday at 5:30 p.m. using the Zoom platform. The plan includes a range of goals and policy objectives the housing authority hopes to achieve between 2020 and 2024. (Balt Sun)

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